Welcome to Salem United Church of Christ
Living Out God's Love
We are an open and affirming congregation, and our mission is to witness to the word and work of Jesus so all people may know the welcome of God, worship with joy, grow as disciples, live as servants, and enjoy the strength of Christian fellowship.
9:00AM Sunday School
Our office is open in the mornings on weekdays.
SALEM WEEKLY NEWS
For January 17, 2020
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
The Handbell Choir will be offering music this Sunday. Their anthem is “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.” Mark’s sermon will focus on material from John 2 which tells of the wedding at Cana. Its title is “Handling Your Problems Like A Christian.” Portions of the service will hearken back to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
INTERGENERATIONAL DRUM CIRCLE: This Sunday afternoon, 2 to 3
Anyone from Grade 4 through adult is invited to participate in the INTERGENERATIONAL DRUM CIRCLE that will gather this Sunday afternoon from 2 until 3. No musical background is required. We focus on providing a welcoming atmosphere for all people to socialize through making music together, encouraging creativity and cooperation, and providing an alternative setting for spiritual growth. Come with an open mind, and bring along any percussion instruments you may have sitting around. Be part of a drum circle and play music that renews all of our spirits.
CHURCH COUNCIL NEWS
At its January meeting which was held on Tuesday of this week, the Council elected its officers for the year. Kathy Hauser is Church Council President for 2020, and Kevin Booth is Vice President. The rest of the Council members include Scot Cullen, Harlan Hall, Kelli Malueg, Randy Marks, Cindy Remus, Judy Skupien, and Kari Westphal. You may recall that in 2018 we made a change to our church’s constitution, eliminating the distinction between elders and deacons, and moved to having the Council select its own officers at the start of a year. Thanks to Kathy and Kevin for serving in this way!
DID YOU READ THE STEWARDSHIP NEWSBRIEF?
We send out a Sharing and Caring Newsbrief each month, generally the day after the Council meeting. The Newsbrief highlights matters related to stewardship and mission. The January issue, sent Wednesday of this week, carried the happy news that we ended 2019 with a positive balance! Conscientious budgeting and spending by the church’s lay leaders, and the faithful giving of our church members and friends, have, under God, put us on solid financial footing. Thank you for your part in that! We will continue to make stewardship a priority in our congregation’s life and so hope to keep us on this firm foundation. See the January Newsbrief in your email pile for more detailed financial information.
The Church Council is hoping to establish a Hospitality Team consisting of 3 to 5 people. This team will have three primary functions: to (1) coordinate the recruitment and scheduling of ushers; (2) coordinate the recruitment and scheduling of fellowship hour hosts; and (3) insuring that there are visitor gift bags available every Sunday. Would you like to be on this team to help plan this important work? We hope so! Please let Mark know if you are interested. Thanks!
RECYCLING AT THE CHURCH
Salem is moving to make our church more environmentally friendly. One means to this end is to gather a group of people to help us think through and strategize our means and methods of recycling. Some folks indicated on the Time and Talent Sheets completed during our fall pledge drive that they would be interested in being part of this effort. As of this writing, we are still working on finding a time to bring that group together. You can join this team of volunteers if you like! Please consider yourself invited, and let Mark know of your interest.
Salem’s men’s fellowship is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 23, at 6:30 PM at Noel Manor. Dick Phillips will host.
LAKELAND UNIVERSITY CHOIR
The Lakeland University Concert Choir will perform at our church on Thursday, February 27, at 7 PM. Please mark your calendars accordingly and plan to attend. Salem is happy to be invited to be part of the 2020 Concert Choir Tour. Lakeland University, formerly known as Lakeland College, is a school of the United Church of Christ and is located near Sheboygan. Several of our members are graduates of this school.
Whether you are looking to renew your relationship with God or just find friends to support you through good times and bad, Salem offers regular services, fellowship, outreach, community service, potluck programs, and musical groups to keep you coming back.